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Honda in no rush to upgrade new RCV1000R

Honda will not be rushed into an overhaul of its new production RCV1000R machine, despite pleas from the likes of Nicky Hayden and Scott Redding for more power. Honda’s new Open class bike doesn’t feature pneumatic valve technology or a seamless shift gearbox like the Factory spec RC213V ridden by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. But it is the lack ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 27 March 2014

Yamaha deny Jorge Lorenzo Open test request

Jorge Lorenzo believes he would have a better chance of winning back the premier class crown on Aleix Espargaro’s Open-spec Yamaha YZR-M1. Lorenzo is adamant that the Forward Racing YZR-M1, which can utilise four more litres of fuel and extra soft Bridgestone tyres, would be more of a title threat than his factory prototype machine. Forward Racing rider Espargaro has ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 19 March 2014

Suzuki keen on MotoGP test for Eugene Laverty

Suzuki is keen to get the input of Eugene Laverty on its new factory 1000cc MotoGP contender during 2014. The Irish rider is locked in talks over selected rides on the new Suzuki and he met new MotoGP boss Davide Brivio recently during the second Sepang test in Malaysia to try and confirm appearance dates. Laverty, who won on his ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 11 March 2014

Valentino Rossi happy with new tyre endurance

Valentino Rossi declared himself happy with improved endurance from a range of new Bridgestone tyres he evaluated on the first day of testing at the Phillip Island track in Australia today. Rossi is one of a five-strong MotoGP line-up in Australia on a special tyre testing mission for Bridgestone to find a solution to the tyre disaster that struck last ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 03 March 2014

Casey Stoner unlikely to take up HRC test role again

Double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner is looking increasingly unlikely to continue as test and development rider for Honda in 2014. HRC had intended to keep the Australian developing its factory RC213V throughout 2014 after he made numerous testing appearances in Japan at the end of last season. Stoner, who retired from MotoGP at the end of 2012, is taking ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 13 February 2014

Doohan: No doubt Stoner would return at top

Five-time MotoGP world champion Mick Doohan reckons Casey Stoner would have slipped seamlessly back into winning contention had the Australian been returning to racing action in 2014. Stoner retired at the end of 2012 after winning two premier class titles, but he has constantly been linked with a future return. Stoner won’t be racing in MotoGP in 2014, but there ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 24 January 2014

Honda not planning Dani Pedrosa axe

Honda has denied 2014 will be Dani Pedrosa’s farewell season as a factory HRC rider after rookie teammate Marc Marquez wrapped up a historic MotoGP world title last season. Last year was Pedrosa’s eighth in the Repsol Honda squad and with Casey Stoner retiring at the end of 2012, HRC expected the Spaniard to end his long pursuit of an ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 22 January 2014

Marc Marquez maturity impresses HRC

Senior Honda management have praised Marc Marquez’s ice cool temperament after the Spaniard’s record-breaking rookie season in the MotoGP world championship. Marquez became the first rookie to win the premier class title since 1978 with a series of scintillating performances that took him to 16 podium finishes in 18 races, including six wins. But it was his unflappable mental strength ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 18 December 2013

Doohan: MotoGP will be poorer without Rossi

Five-times world champion Mick Doohan believes MotoGP will be a poorer place without Italian legend Valentino Rossi racing. Huge question marks surround Rossi’s future in 2014, with the 34-year-old aiming to prove that he can still compete with super-fast Spanish trio Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. Rossi’s return to a factory YZR-M1 last season yielded only one victory ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 16 December 2013

Kenny Roberts: Marquez can dominate MotoGP for years

American legend Kenny Roberts believes Marc Marquez can dominate MotoGP for years after the Repsol Honda revelation clinched a historic maiden MotoGP world title in 2013.Marquez became the first rookie since Californian Roberts in 1978 to capture the premier class crown in the first attempt when he finished third in front of a sell-out crowd at Valencia last month.Roberts won ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 06 December 2013

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